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  1. the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.

  2. literary work in metrical form; verse.

  1. prose with poetic qualities.

  2. poetic qualities however manifested: the poetry of simple acts and things.

  3. poetic spirit or feeling: The pianist played the prelude with poetry.

  4. something suggestive of or likened to poetry: the pure poetry of a beautiful view on a clear day.

Origin of poetry

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English poetrie, from Medieval Latin poētria “poetic art,” derivative of poētapoet, but formation is unclear; probably not from Greek poiḗtria “poetess”

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2. Poetry, verse agree in referring to the work of a poet. The difference between poetry and verse is usually the difference between substance and form. Poetry is lofty thought or impassioned feeling expressed in imaginative words: Elizabethan poetry. Verse is any expression in words which simply conforms to accepted metrical rules and structure: the differences between prose and verse.

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  • po·et·ry·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for poetry


/ (ˈpəʊɪtrɪ) /

  1. literature in metrical form; verse

  2. the art or craft of writing verse

  1. poetic qualities, spirit, or feeling in anything

  2. anything resembling poetry in rhythm, beauty, etc

Origin of poetry

C14: from Medieval Latin poētria, from Latin poēta poet

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